SSHRC Impact Awards

May 2014 Competition

Overview
Value $50,000 or $100,000
Nomination deadline May 9, 2014 (postmarked)
Results announced Fall 2014
Nominate Application form not available

Description
Nomination Process
Administrative Regulations and Related Information
Contact Information

Description

SSHRC Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in the social sciences and humanities. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

Award funds are to be used for activities that promote and extend the work being honoured. In recognition of the crucial role that postsecondary institutions play as researchers’ knowledge mobilization partners, a minimum of 10 per cent of each award must to be used to promote the research achievements of the recipient. Individual recipients and their institutions may choose to devote additional funds, including a higher percentage of the award funds, to these activities.

A multidisciplinary jury made up of distinguished individuals from academia, as well as the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, from Canada and abroad, will select award recipients using the three weighted selection criteria outlined in each of the award descriptions below.

Prior to announcing the award winners, SSHRC will disclose the names of the finalists for all awards but the Gold Medal. Nominees must, as part of the nomination package, provide consent for SSHRC to use their name and the information contained in their Impact Award nomination in related promotional activities.

Institutions eligible to administer SSHRC funding are invited to put forward nominations for the following awards:


Gold Medal ($100,000)

The Gold Medal is SSHRC’s highest research honour. It is awarded to individuals whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike.

Recipients’ achievements in research will have significantly advanced understanding in their research fields in the social sciences and humanities. The exceptional quality of their research, the impact of their work and their ongoing efforts to share the results of this work will have greatly enriched Canadian society and contributed to social, cultural, economic and intellectual life in Canada and/or internationally.

Gold Medal funds must be used within five years for research, knowledge mobilization or other research-related activities. A minimum of 10 per cent of the award must be used to promote the impact and outcomes of the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—Ambition and importance (15%):

    • originality and significance of the body of research.

  2. Achievements—Impact and outcomes: (75%):

    • evidence of the sustained quality, impact and influence of the nominee’s research achievements within and/or beyond the academic community;
    • level of engagement and quality of training and mentoring provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel;
    • international stature;
    • commitment, creativity and successes in sharing research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic community; and
    • overall contribution to knowledge.

  3. Capability—Strategy for promotion (10%):

    • nominating institution’s commitment to promoting the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements, and the strength of the strategy for doing so.

Talent Award ($50,000)

The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, at the nomination deadline, holds a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship (including, but not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship).

The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.

The Talent Award may be taken up as a fellowship to fund the recipient’s doctoral or postdoctoral research over a one‑to‑two‑year period, or may be used in the form of a grant over three years to support research, knowledge mobilization or other research‑related activities. A minimum of 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—Ambition and importance (15%):

    • originality and significance of the research.

  2. Achievements—Impact and outcomes: (75%):

    • originality and significance of body of academic achievement and research, including quality of publications relative to the stage of career;
    • evidence of impact within and/or beyond the academic community;
    • ability and commitment to communicate research results both within and/or beyond the academic community;
    • demonstrated engagement, appropriate to career level, in high-quality training and mentoring of students, emerging scholars and other personnel;
    • demonstrated potential for leadership and societal contributions within and/or beyond the academic community.

  3. Capability—Strategy for promotion (10%):

    • nominating institution’s commitment to promoting the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements, and the quality of the strategy for doing so.


Insight Award ($50,000)

The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a research project funded partially or completely by SSHRC. It is given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world. The project’s research outcomes must have led to demonstrable impact within and/or beyond the academic community.

In the case of a team project, the nominee must be the applicant for the research project. The nomination package must include CVs for the applicant as well as the project’s co‑applicants (for a total of up to five CVs).

Insight Award funds must be used within three years to extend the project being recognized, through research, knowledge mobilization or other research-related activities. A minimum of 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—Ambition and importance (15%):

    • originality and significance of the research.

  2. Achievements—Impact and outcomes (75%):

    • evidence of contributions to scholarly literature, and other knowledge mobilization contributions such as commissioned reports, professional practice, public discourse, public policies, products and services, experience in collaboration, etc.;
    • level of engagement and quality of training and mentoring provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel and participants, relative to the nominee's career level; and
    • evidence of influence and impact on research and societal outcomes.

  3. Capability—Strategy for promotion (10%):

    • nominating institution’s commitment to promoting the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements, and the quality of the strategy for doing so.

Connection Award ($50,000)

The Connection Award recognizes an outstanding SSHRC‑funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic community. It is given to an individual or team whose project has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts.

In the case of a team project, the nominee must be the applicant for the initiative. The nomination package must include CVs for the applicant as well as the project’s co‑applicants (for a total of up to five CVs).

Connection Award funds must be used within three years to extend the knowledge mobilization activity being recognized, or to support other research-related activities. A minimum of 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—Ambition and importance (15%):

    • originality and significance of the initiative.

  2. Achievements—Impact and outcomes (75%):

    • effectiveness of engagement within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community;
    • evidence of contributions to scholarly literature, and/or other knowledge mobilization contributions such as commissioned reports, professional practice, public discourse, public policies, products and services, experience in collaboration, etc.;
    • level of engagement and quality of training and mentoring provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel and participants, relative to the nominee's career level; and
    • evidence of influence and impact on research and societal outcomes.

  3. Capability—Strategy for promotion (10%):

    • nominating institution’s commitment to promoting the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements, and the quality of the strategy for doing so.

Partnership Award ($50,000)

The Partnership Award recognizes a SSHRC‑funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities. It is awarded to a formal partnership that, through mutual co‑operation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

For the Partnership Award, the nominee must be the project director. The nomination package must include CVs for the project director as well as the project’s co‑applicants (for a total of up to five CVs).

Partnership Award funds must be used within three years to extend the research, knowledge mobilization or research-related activities being recognized. A minimum of 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—Ambition and importance (15%):

    • originality and significance of the initiative.

  2. Achievements—Impact and outcomes (75%):

    • evidence of mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership and resources within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community;
    • quality of partnership, including shared engagement and ownership;
    • evidence of contributions to scholarly literature, and/or other knowledge mobilization contributions such as commissioned reports, professional practice, public discourse, public policies, products and services, experience in collaboration, etc.;
    • level of engagement and quality of training and mentoring provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel and participants, relative to the nominee's career level; and
    • evidence of influence and impact on research and societal outcomes.

  3. Capability—Strategy for promotion (10%):

    • nominating institution’s commitment to promoting the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements, and the quality of the strategy for doing so.


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Nomination Process

Institutions eligible to administer SSHRC funding are invited to put forward nominations for all SSHRC Impact Award categories. Each institution may submit only one nomination for each award in a given year, for a maximum of five SSHRC Impact Award nominations. Institutions must provide the name and co‑ordinates of a contact person, to whom all inquiries and correspondence, including results, will be sent.

Eligibility

A nominee must:

Nominees:

  • cannot nominate themselves;
  • can be nominated in two sequential years for the same award, following which two years must pass before they can next be nominated in the same category;
  • can be nominated in only one category in any year; and
  • can be nominated in a subsequent year for a different SSHRC Impact Award.

Note: Current members of SSHRC’s governing council are not eligible to be nominated.

The Nomination Package

Every nomination package must include the components listed below. Documents must be presented in portrait orientation. Each document must start on a new page. Please do not include any additional material, as it will not be assessed by the jury.

  1. A covering letter of up to two pages that includes:

    • the name, current position and institution of the person proposing the nomination;
    • the Award category;
    • the name, position and affiliation of the nominee and any co‑applicants;
    • a brief summary of the SSHRC‑funded work that is being put forward for consideration;
    • the names, current positions, affiliations and areas of expertise of three referees who support the nomination; and
    • the name and co‑ordinates of a contact person (typically, someone in the Research Office or Graduate Studies Office), to whom, all inquiries and correspondence, including results, will be sent; and
    • the signature of the nominating institution’s president or his/her delegate.

  2. An attachment of up to four pages demonstrating the rationale supporting the nomination, including:

    • the significance, challenge and impact of the achievements for which the nomination is being put forward;
    • the quality and scope of training and mentoring provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel, and indication of the nominee's career level;
    • a description, including evidence of research achievements, and, where applicable, impact and outcomes of the initiative;
    • examples of success in widely sharing, and encouraging application of, resulting knowledge and benefits within and/or beyond the academic community; and
    • evidence that outcomes resulted in significant and positive impacts in Canada and/or internationally.

  3. Nominee’s documents: SSHRC CV and consent forms:


  4. Supporting information for nomination rationale:

    For the Gold Medal:
    Include up to 15 pages listing research contributions and outcomes from throughout the nominee’s career.

    For the Talent Award:
    Include up to three pages briefly summarizing the work undertaken, including SSHRC file number(s). The summary should support the rationale for the nomination by describing the impact, research outcomes, and other pertinent contributions resulting from the nominee’s research and/or research-related activities.

    For the Insight, Connection and Partnership awards:
    Include up to five pages briefly summarizing the work undertaken, indicating all relevant SSHRC file number(s). The summary should support the rationale for the nomination by describing the impact, research outcomes, and other pertinent contributions from the research and/or research-related activities.

  5. A promotion plan:

    Nominations must include a promotion plan (of up to two pages) outlining the institution’s proposed approach for promoting and celebrating the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements. Elements of a strong promotion plan include: i) purpose; ii) target audiences; iii) objectives; iv) key messages; v) promotional activities; and vi) an evaluation plan (how the effectiveness of each activity will be measured).

  6. Letters of support, of up to three pages each, from three referees:

    Three letters must be provided in support of the nominee. Referees must be established authorities in the field who have not worked with the nominee on the project being recognized, are not affiliated with the nominee’s current institution, and do not have a personal relationship with the nominee.

    Note: In the case of the Talent Award, referees may be affiliated with the nominee’s current institution.

    Letters of support must:

    • be dated and signed;
    • be a maximum of three pages long;
    • include the referee's name, position, affiliation, email address and telephone number;
    • include the name of the nominee and the period of time and capacity in which the referee has known the nominee; and
    • offer an overall assessment of the nominee's accomplishments, including examples of how these achievements fulfill the evaluation criteria outlined above.

    Referees should not send their letters directly to SSHRC, but, rather, to the institution making the nomination.

    Note: SSHRC must honour nominees' requests to see letters of support; however, the identities of referees will not be disclosed. All information provided to SSHRC is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Nomination Submission

Incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Please mail nomination packages to:

SSHRC
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4

Electronic or faxed documents will not be accepted.


Monitoring

Award recipients will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their award.



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Administrative Regulations and Related Information

It is the original applicant or project director who assumes responsibility for the award funds.

Talent Award nominees and recipients must comply with the Regulations Governing Fellowship and Scholarship Applications and the appropriate award holder’s guide, or the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide, as appropriate.

All other nominees and recipients must comply with the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.

Each SSHRC Impact Award nominee must have signed the Consent to Disclosure of Nomination Content for Promotional Purposes form allowing SSHRC to use his/her name, photograph and any and all submitted materials to promote the awards and other SSHRC initiatives. By agreeing to be nominated, nominees also agree to participate in award activities, possibly including media conferences, ceremonies, receptions and other related events, should they be named a finalist or winner.



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Contact Information

For more information about the SSHRC Impact Awards, please contact:

Research Training Portfolio
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4

Tel.: 613-943-7777
Fax: 613-943-1329
Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca